The Washington Wizards lost to the Utah Jazz 116-69 on Monday night. Here's analysis of what went down...
Ugly loss: Coming off a big win over the Pistons on Friday, the Wizards embarked on a five-game road trip with reason to feel good about themselves and how they had fared so far without John Wall. They aren't feeling good anymore.
The Wizards began their road trip on Monday with their most lopsided loss of the season and one of their worst as a franchise, a thorough beatdown at the hands of the Utah Jazz.
Rudy Gobert returned to Utah's lineup after a three-week absence and dominated the middle with 10 rebounds and three blocks. He led the defense while Alec Burks scored 27 points in 27 minutes off the bench to lead their offense. The Wizards, meanwhile, lost control from the opening tip and never built any sort of momentum to make it a competitive game.
The Wizards lost by 47 points, making this their second-worst defeat ever. Only once have they lost by more, 52 points, and that was all the way back in 1971.
The Wizards scored just 15 points in each of the first two quarters to compile 30 points at halftime, their second-lowest output in a half so far this season. They trailed by 34 points, which is the largest halftime deficit for the Wizards since 2002 when the New Jersey Nets led them by 39 on January 16.
You want more terrible numbers? The Wizards' four three-pointers made were their fewest since 2006. Their 28.7 field goal percentage was their fifth-lowest in franchise history. The Jazz out-rebounded them 52-31.
The Wizards fell to 12-11 on the season and have now lost seven of their last 10 games. They are 3-4 without Wall this season and 2-3 since he had two procedures on his left knee.
Beal was off again: Bradley Beal played his second game with protective eyewear and, just like on Friday, he ditched those glasses midgame. Beal couldn't hit shots from outside or around the basket. There were some layups he missed that were tough shots, but ones he usually gets to go down.
After scoring 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting against the Jazz, Beal is averaging just 12.5 points in his last four games. Whether he is being affected by the eye injury he suffered against the Sixers on Nov. 29 or not, his dip in production is coming at a tough time for the Wizards with Wall already out. He will be needed in their next game on Tuesday night against a very good Blazers backcourt.
Morris and Gortat came up short: So much for what could have been a breakout performance for Markieff Morris. After setting a season-high with 26 points against the Pistons on Friday, Morris laid an egg in this one. He managed 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting, but grabbed just one rebound.
Marcin Gortat was worse. He was held scoreless in 23 minutes for the first time since 2011. He did, however, have seven rebounds and four steals. But in a game the Wizards were dominated so badly on the boards, seven rebounds weren't enough from Gortat.
Mitchell is impressive: The Wizards got their first look at star rookie Donovan Mitchell and he was as-advertised. Mitchell made his first five shots, hitting midrange jumpers and floaters in the lane from all different release angles. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting.
Mitchell is known for his dunks and he threw down a huge alley-oop in the first half. Mitchell called for the pass near halfcourt and Ricky Rubio found him with a good setup:
Not sure if you've heard, but this Donovan Mitchell guy can dunk. pic.twitter.com/AYZNOcam5U— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) December 5, 2017
Up next: The Wizards will get an opportunity to bounce back quickly from this one. They head northwest to play at the Portland Trail Blazers. Tipoff is at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
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